How I Survived Cancer For 20 Years, Part 2




Well, there I was, living in the Philippines with my new bride, from September, 1997 until December, 1998. We were called to Manila for her final interview and (hopefully) issuance of her visa. It was approved and by January 6, 1999 we had made our way to the U.S. and took up residence in Bee Branch, Arkansas.

I still was not back to full strength and suffered from severe chronic back pain, probably a result of a spinal tap they did in the hospital to check me for spinal meningitis. I was still unable to work a formal job. Together we contracted with a small, local trucking company to wash their trucks. It was hard and painful, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. This was not how I had envisioned retirement!

In the spring of 2000, I went to the VA hospital in Little Rock because  I was feeling like I did when I first came down with Leukemia. It was coming back, and by September, my doctor told me “we better start treatment, if we are going to have a chance to keep you alive.” I started the same treatments, as I described in my part 1 post, about a week later.

This time, I didn’t have the complications that I mentioned in part 1. I was able to take the three courses of treatment over a three month period. Again, I was severely weakened, and my diet was not restricted, except during the period of time when I was “neutropenic.” That means that your immune system is not functioning at all, and you cannot be exposed to anything, including fresh vegetables and flowers. Mentally, that is an apprehensive time because any germ could kill you.

Deteriorating in the hospital, November, 2000
Deteriorating in the hospital, November, 2000

Again, I maintained a positive attitude and was determined to live, if the Lord was willing.

Fairly early into my treatments, I went into remission. But, by the end of treatment, I was not making any red blood cells, so they kept me alive with frequent blood transfusions, until after about I month, all my blood counts started climbing and slowly returned to normal.

I was sent home in January, 2001 and was told that I was cancer free, and if continued for five years, I would be cured. I made it for 5 years, and was released from the doctor’s care.

After a couple of weeks at home, January, 2001
After a couple of weeks at home, January, 2001

This is just a very broad sweep of what happened to me and how it was handled. I include it for your reference, for comparison if you have experienced cancer, and to try to impart some understanding of the typical cancer treatment for those of you who have not had the experience.

Expert Projections

At the time of this writing, June, 2016, the experts say that half of all men and one third of all women will experience cancer in their lifetimes.

In my opinion, that means that all prudent people who want to continue to live life the way they want to live it, will seek to familiarize themselves with what happens when cancer is found and will pay extra attention to staying healthy. Stress, toxic foods and our toxic environment are major causes of cancer. Our toxic environment is unavoidable, but stress can be reduced and almost eliminated by choices we make.

the long road to recovery

Having received no guidance about diet, or anything else I could do to speed my recovery from the medical establishment, I continued to eat the common toxic foods from the supermarket. That includes just about everything that comes in a box, can, or foil/cellophane wrapper. Problem was, I didn’t know that. I was ignorant.

The result was that I was slow to regain strength, I was severely constipated for nine years and I put a 35 pound belly on my 120 pound body, which resulted in increased constant back pain, whenever I was awake. I was alive, but not really living. I was eating Ibuprofen like a child eats candy, when they’re not supervised.

Nessessity is still the mother of invention

With recovery being so slow, I began to ask questions and seek information. In the process, I met Dr. Al Sears and Dr. William Campbell Douglas, both of whom said to forget the government’s food pyramid and instructed me to eat like we used to, before adult onset diabetes spread to young children, before cancer and heart disease were so rampant. This information came to me through these doctors’ newsletters.

At that point, we switched our diet back to meat, potatoes, green and yellow veggies, grains, with only a very moderate amount of sugar. This afforded some improvement and I slowly started to have a little more energy and felt more like I was actually living, rather than just surviving.

About this time in my recovery, we started gardening organically, growing as many vegetables as we could, and we canned some and froze some for use in the winter.

In the last two years, we have finally found a source for organic, free range chickens and grass fed beef, which was the last thing we were able to find for our organic/natural diet.

As we were doing all this, we also studied many health websites, we stopped drinking soda pop altogether and gradually cut out most sugar and white wheat flour.

By being very careful what we eat at home, we believe our bodies are strengthened and are then able to withstand the onslaught of cheap foods that are sold in most restaurants at expensive prices, if we are unable to avoid it.

If you eat out a lot, you may want to consider this: restaurants are businesses, and the business methodology is to spend as little as possible and charge as much as possible, in order to make the profit as high as possible. With the exception of places that specify that their food is high quality organic, I always question the quality of what comes out of restaurants and into my body. I gave up ALL fast food a long time ago.

During our studies, we discovered that the popular vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils are only one molecule away from being plastic. It is said that they cause plaque build up in the arteries, leading to heart disease, among other adverse effects. Knowing that, we switched to organic coconut oil and pure extra virgin olive oil.

We never, ever use any artificial sweetener. In cooking, my wife bakes with 25% to about 33% the amount of sugar called for in recipes, and uses either brown sugar, or organic coconut sugar. She makes banana bread by increasing the bananas and completely eliminating all the sugar. I will admit that less sweetener in baked goods is different at first, but after a short time, you get accustomed to it, and I even prefer it that way.

things we have learned

We made all the above changes gradually, as we learned more and more about how our bodies work and how they respond to the foods we use to fuel them. Here are some of the things we learned. I’ll try to be brief. You can google any of the subjects and find a wealth of information from a whole lot of good websites.

It turns out that when our sugar is refined and turned from a tan color to white, it is stripped of the trace mineral, chromium. Chromium’s job is to receive the sugar we take in and distribute it properly to the cells. Without chromium, the sugar, which is cancer’s favorite food, is left free floating and feeds cancerous cells, if you have any, or is stored as fat, if there are no cancer cells. My interpretation is that the good stuff is removed from the sugar and the white product sold in store is just the chaff.

The same thing holds true with white flour. The wheat germ is stripped away and sold separately at a much higher price, the chromium is stripped out, leaving only chaff, which is then bleached, ground and sold at an economical price. The removal of chromium from the flour is significant because grains metabolize as glucose (sugar).

nutrition is the key to health

There are many astute naturopathic doctors who say that we all make cancer cells, but when the immune system is properly nourished and strong, our T killer cells devour the cancerous cells and they are excreted from the body. It just makes sense, then, that the intake of a lot of sugar and flour products, without chromium to counterbalance the sugar, we are making it difficult, if not impossible, for our bodies to function properly, and that apparently gives cancerous cells the nutrition they need to flourish and spread.

Oils that form a near plastic plaque in the arteries certainly can’t be good for any of us, under any conditions. Of course the powers that be then blame the incredible edible egg and their cholesterol for the plaque. My study has revealed that the egg does, in fact, have a lot of cholesterol in the yolk, AND the white has other substances that counterbalance the cholesterol, leveling everything out to be just what your body needs.

I eat at least two farm fresh eggs from free range chickens every day and at just a hair under the age of 70 my blood pressure ranges between 120/60 and about 135/72. I do not take any blood pressure medications. My cholesterol levels are healthy. I have been eating all the eggs I want, both farm fresh and store bought all my life.

A long time ago, a doctor put me on statin drugs because my cholesterol was a little high. They made me feel bad, so I listened to my body and stopped the drug. A little later, I learned that I could lower my cholesterol by eating a bowl of oatmeal and drinking a cup of tea for breakfast. More recently I have learned and used niacin to lower cholesterol. It works really well, without side effects, other than possibly flushing, which is harmless.

One last interesting tidbit that I learned from watching 60 Minutes on television (an unusual occurrence for us) is that there is nothing natural about “natural flavors.” The 60 Minutes segment revealed that “natural flavors”, found on so many labels, are actually chemical concoctions that taste like the natural food. So banana ice cream for instance, with “natural” banana flavor may not have any real banana in it at all!

To me, the importance of all this is that man made chemicals, even those that taste good, are foreign to the human body and the poor body doesn’t know what to do with them. If the cells see them as invaders, they attack and try to kill it off, rather than process it as nutrition. When the cells are overloaded thinking that disease has entered the body, they are so busy fighting that “disease” that there aren’t enough cells to respond to the formation of cancerous cells; so cancer grows and spreads.

This is all just one layman’s understanding of his perceived threat to our health and well being. I am certainly not a doctor, and nothing that I have said should be construed as medical advice. It is my intention to simply, briefly and broadly share what I have learned, experienced and observed and to leave you to do your own research, to find what is right for you.

At the age of 69 years and 3 months, I was found to have cancer in my bladder. At this time I am dealing with it naturally. I have, to the chagrin of several doctors, refused surgery and all other allopathic treatments. I am supplementing with the pure, food sourced mineral supplements, selenium, chromium, and silica. I also eat organic cottage cheese mixed with flaxseed oil (Budwig diet). Six months after the cancer was discovered, an ultrasound revealed that it has grown 39%.

After that disenchanting discovery, I started alkalizing and oxygenating my body with baking soda, NOT BAKING POWDER, because numerous doctors say that cancer cannot live in an alkaline or high oxygen environment. They say cancer needs acidity and carbon dioxide. I have not figured out yet how I will know if it is shrinking my tumor because my doctor’s nurse practitioner told me that if I won’t do their treatment they won’t authorize any more ultrasounds for me, so they can “stop wasting money” on me. Part of my medical insurance is part of my deferred compensation for a military career of 22 years of substandard compensation, but it’s a waste of money for me to get an understanding of my condition!? I’ll start by looking for another doctor.

the truth about cancer

Based on my experience and the experiences of many other cancer patients, as revealed in the wonderful video documentary The Truth About Cancer, doctors tend to get very hostile and nasty when you refuse their harmful, degenerating treatments for cancer. This seems to go hand in hand with the many reports of cancer cures that have been reported to have been suppressed and eliminated by whatever means were necessary for over a hundred years, in the U.S.

According to Ty Bollinger’s video series, The Truth About Cancer, in which he interviews 131 doctors, scientists, cancer patients and parents of child cancer patients, children have been taken from parents, put in rooms with armed guards and physically restrained and forced to take chemotherapy, against their and their parents’ wishes…and that is in America!

On the bright side, Ty’s video series also names many clinics all around the world that are outside the reach of American medicine that are successfully healing cancer patients every day. Unfortunately, I have not yet found any that are able to accept insurance.

I highly recommend The Truth About Cancer for anyone who wants, or needs, to know more about cancer, its causes, cures and obstacles to cures. I receive no compensation of any kind for recommending The Truth About Cancer.


When I was last discharged from the hospital, my doctor told me that my body had had all the chemo it could handle. He said that more chemo in the future would probably kill me.

I am fighting bladder cancer now, using the natural, food sourced remedies that I can afford, Selenium, Chromium, Silica and magnesium (chloride) oil. Also, I am using Frankincense oil, eating organic cottage cheese carefully mixed with flaxseed oil, all of which have been proven to kill cancer.

Unfortunately, they have not stopped mine over the last seven months. I don’t know why. For the last month, I have been using baking soda, NOT BAKING POWDER, keep my pH above 7.3 (alkaline) and have added carrot juice to my diet. I avoid sugar altogether and sweeten with a little bit of raw, locally produced honey. My diet does include a little meat because I just cannot function without it. I eat lots of veggies and little meat. That diet is a failure (meat), on my part to adhere to the strictest cancer diet, and may be why I am not progressing as I had expected.

According to my study, the results I am experiencing with my natural approach are not typical. I recommend that you not make any decisions based on my story alone. I believe that there are many benefits to be derived from the things I am taking. I have experienced wonderful benefits from the supplements I named above, but as yet, they have not cured my bladder cancer.

I strongly recommend that you watch The Truth About Cancer before cancer becomes an issue in your life, because when you receive a diagnosis of cancer, you will be shocked, your emotions will soar, fear may take over and your decision making faculties will most likely be impaired. Typically, the doctor will try to rush you to make a decision to buy what he has to sell, for a profit. I have had three friends who were diagnosed with different cancers. All three did just what the mainstream doctor wanted them to do. Each of them suffered for the rest of their lives and all were dead within 2 years of their diagnoses.

In The Truth About Cancer, I heard interviews with doctors, scientists and patients who had cancer, took non-invasive natural treatments and are alive many years after their diagnoses; many of whom had cancer that had spread throughout their bodies. In all these years, I have heard of only one other man who had the cancer I had (AML Leukemia) who survived it.

For those reasons, I am staying away from the usual American medical treatments and searching for affordable natural professional help. I expect to win the battle, but even if I don’t, I still don’t lose. Because of the grace of God, through Jesus Christ, death for me will still be victory, just not the way I am planning it right now. 🙂

Discussion Questions: Have you had an experience with cancer? If so, what did it teach you that might help the rest of us?

Do you know of any natural healing cancer clinics anywhere that are affordable, or that can accept insurance? If so, I need to know about it.

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3 thoughts on “How I Survived Cancer For 20 Years, Part 2”

  1. Another great post, Bob. I loved that you explained what everything is for us, non-medical people. I also love the pictures. You look so much younger now!

    Such a great point about restaurants. Margins are very slim in this industry so it’s safe to assume you’re getting the cheapest thing unless they tell you otherwise. McDonalds gets a bad rap, but Subway, Applebee’s, Olive Garden are no better (despite their healthy sounding names). When Jer travels for work, he tries to book suite hotels with kitchens so that he can prepare his own food.

    I love the sugar tips, I’m going to try that with banana bread. Sugar is very rare in our house. I bought a 10-pound bag of organic sugar from Costco over a year ago, and we’ve barely made a dent. I agree that your tastes change. Jer and I were volunteering a couple weeks ago and at the meal we had wraps, grapes, and brownie bites. I was eating the grapes and took a bite of the brownie, it tasted so horrible, like pure refined sugar and fat. I couldn’t eat the rest of it.

    I hope to hear that you begin to see progress with your tumor. I kind of agree with you about Doctors. If they don’t look at my health holistically, I don’t want to hear what they have to say. I will say a prayer that you find someone who will work with you and not bully or scare you into something you’re uncomfortable with. My husband’s teenage brother has cancer and while he was in the hospital, his parents filled his fridge with sodas, cookies, chips and junk food. Jer was appalled that the doctors didn’t say anything. Suffice to say, we don’t have much confidence in their treatment. I would also like to note that this is not exclusive to cancer. They treat heart disease, diabetes, and mental illness the same way. Pills, pills and more pills!

    Have you looked into or thought about juicing? I’ve never tried it, but we were just discussing the other night that it’s something we would try if we ever got sick.

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Prayers for many healthy years to come!

  2. Thank you for your comment, Holly. I like your synopsis of dealing with doctors, that they must approach the problem holistically.

    To answer your question about juicing, I am juicing organic carrots from the store and kale from my garden. I am amazed at how well the carrot juice satisfies my hunger (I juice 1 pound and get 10-12 ounces of juice). When I have carrot juice and a few nuts for lunch, after a couple of days, I feel better than when I have cottage cheese and flaxseed oil.

    I think your thinking is a little off on the idea of waiting until you get sick to juice. My experiences show that it is a slow curative, and may not work fast enough. I waited until I had a problem and I think that was a big mistake. I would suggest juicing to some degree as a preventive measure. If sickness comes, you can always increase the number of days per week and times per day.

    A couple of my neighbors juice almost every day for one meal and they are both able to stay out of the doctor’s office. They do very well, health wise. They have been juicing for many years.

    Thanks again for your awesome comment and contribution to the conversation, for the benefit of us all.


    1. You’re probably right about juicing now. I guess I really meant a juice fast, I’m not opposed to adding juice. Either way, it wouldn’t be a bad habit to add. We have a juicer somewhere. You may have inspired me to break it out. 🙂

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